The Grey Area

Artist Spotlight: Saliba Douaihy

Saliba Douaihy is considered to be one of the leading 20th century painters of Lebanon. Born in 1915 in a mountainous town in northern Lebanon, Douaihy was first exposed to painting and art through the churches in his hometown. Due to his apprenticeship with Habib Srour at the age of 14, his style was initially realistic and figurative. Srour was a portrait painter of religious, social, and political Arab figures in Lebanon and taught Douaihy the techniques of drawing and painting. Douaihy later assisted Srour in large church murals.

Artwork Spotlight: Farid Belkahia’s “Aube (Dawn)”

August 12, 2019 by Lulu Fleming-Benite The Grey Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s (on view January 14–April 4, 2020), traces the development of abstraction in art from the Arab world via mid-20th century painting and sculpture. The works, lent by the Barjeel Art Foundation based in Sharjah, UAE, […]

Artwork Spotlight: Andy Warhol’s “Ladies and Gentlemen”

August 12, 2019 By Larry Luowei Zhang This portrait depicts the remarkable transgender and AIDS activist Marsha P. Johnson. Her resistance and outspoken advocacy during the police raid on the Stonewall Inn, which began on the night of June 28, 1969, helped spark the LGBTQ civil rights movement in America. This portrayal of Johnson by […]

Beyond Home: My Museum Experiences in China and the U.S.

July 15, 2019 by Larry Luowei  Zhang In this essay, I will share with you both some of my experiences as an NYU student coming from China and as an intern at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing and NYU’s Grey Art Gallery. In some cases, cultural differences are obvious. I treasure […]

Artwork Spotlight: McDermott and McGough’s “The Advent, 1932”

June 27, 2019 by Saga Beus   David McDermott and Peter McGough began working as a duo in 1980 after meeting in New York City. They became known for their blending of art and life through their all-encompassing interest in creative “time-travel.” Active in the East Village art scene of the 1980s, they created paintings, […]

Artwork Spotlight: Greer Lankton’s “Ellen and Freddie”

June 18, 2019 by Yunzhi Pan Located in the Things Are Queer section of Grey Art Gallery’s Art After Stonewall: 1969-1989 exhibition, Greer Lankton’s doll installation Ellen and Freddie is a reflection on the artist’s own identity and experiences. Born Greg Lankton in Flint, Michigan, she received gender reassignment surgery at age 21. Lankton’s other […]

Artwork Spotlight: Robert Gober’s “Untitled Closet”

June 18, 2019 by Larry Luowei Zhang Robert Gober’s installation Untitled Closet (1989) is a unique work that some visitors may miss upon entering the Grey Art Gallery. In other words, Gober was very successful, in this case, in his stated goal of integrating his art into its surrounding environment. During the AIDS epidemic in […]

Exhibition Spotlight: Art after Stonewall

May 14, 2019 by Jacob M. Robinson Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s quick ascent to prominence in the 2020 presidential race demonstrates a remarkable progression for acceptance of the LGBTQ community in the U.S. What five decades ago began as a struggle for the most basic levels of toleration and decency has since expanded to an integration […]

Exhibition Spotlight: Zilia Sánchez, Soy Isla (I Am an Island)

May 6, 2019 by Carola Reyes Benítez Zilia Sánchez, Troyanas (Trojan Women), polyptych, from the series Módulos infinitos (Infinite Modules), 1967. Acrylic on stretched canvas, 71 ¾ × 54 × 9 ½ in., Collection of Laura Delaney Taft and John Taft, promised gift to Walker Art Center, Minneapolis   Often as Art History students, we […]